Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Limecello and a Pause

As you know we have a lime tree – and it is in season now so we have more limes than we can use. And Bob happened to buy the wrong kind of Vodka the other day so I thought I should try making alcoholic lime drink. It’s the same recipe as Limoncello but I use limes so we call it Limecello.

You will need:
Zest of 5 big limes
1 cup Vodka (cheap one will do)
Juice from 2-3 juicy limes
½ cup sugar
1 cup water

Wash your limes – but my home grown ones do not need thorough clean as I never use spray on the tree. Grate the skin off the limes with good zester (I use Microplane – it makes my life a lot easier with this task) and place the zest in a glass jug or jar. Take care not to get too much pith when you grate your limes – they should look quite greenish after the process. At this point the kitchen will smell wonderful. Cover the zest with Vodka. Cover the jar with lid and place in a cool dark place for 48 hours.

After 48 hours, make syrup from sugar, lime juice and water – bring to the boil and leave to cool. Mix the syrup with the Vodka/lime mixture in the jug, stir and strain through the sieve. If you have a muslin cloth, use it – the liquid will come out clearer. Serve chilled on its own (in small glasses!) or with ice and soda – or just warm water for the cold nights.

I will be be away for a few weeks - to somewhere warmer. I will not be able to watch the whole Season 2 of Game of Thrones but I shall read the books on my kindle. I will also have a lot of yummy food and think of you my dear readers. There will be loads of interesting posts around the end of this month, I promise.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Saturday in the Park

It’s quite rare this winter for the day to be crisp and sunny instead of wet and miserable. It's rugby season and they still play rugby in the park rain or shine on weekends. Bonnie loves it when it’s sunny (it means she can have extended period of fun) and loves it even more when there are lots of people in the park (it means a lot more victims). 

These rugby players they are softie. They cannot help themselves but giving Bonnie a pat or two. A lot of people still think she is either a German Shepherd puppy or a miniature German Shepherd, especially when she’s on alert pose like this.